ACV300 - Acting on Impulses

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Subject Title
Acting on Impulses

Subject Description
The ability to improvise is an essential skill for actors in commercials, in television and film, and for the stage. Improvisation is an art form unto itself and it is also tool used by actors as a means to character exploration and development. In this class students will focus on developing improvisation skills including acceptance of offerings, imagination, spontaneity, physicality, and creation of characters. The course will culminate in a cabaret or revue style performance.

Pre-requisite: ACV100.

Credit Status
Acting for Camera and Voice Diploma

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Integrate some major uses of improv, in studio exercises and performance.
  • Demonstrate the basic improvisational skills in performance with a live audience and even attempt to push personal skill boundaries in the moment.
  • Discover ways the actor “shuts down” under stress as well as methods to deal with these situations, through participation in, observation and discussion of studio exercises.
  • Extend ensemble work by working with various scene partners in a variety of contexts and scene constraints.
  • Develop increased listening skills through studio exercises and performance.
  • Engage an audience with vitality.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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